Invasive Plant Control Internship

Expected Dates
May 30, 2022 to August 21, 2022
Huron-Manistee National Forest
Position ID
Invasive Plant Interns at Huron-Manistee National Forest 

Invasive Plant Interns at the Huron-Manistee National Forest will work as a team and learn how to use a variety of books and keys to identify native and non-native plants. They will learn about appropriate techniques for treating 20+ species of invasive plants and earn State of Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification in the
Right-of-Way and Aquatic Pests categories. Interns will learn to use a variety of maps, GPS units, and ArcMap. Interns will also work with program areas other than Botany, such as Wildlife and Recreation, and learn about botany surveys, piping plover surveys, turtle surveys, Pitcher’s thistle monitoring, etc., as opportunities allow.

This position provides:
- $125 weekly Living Allowance*
- $1100 one-time round-trip Travel Allowance*
- On-site housing

The AmeriCorps Education Award received upon successful completion of this position is $1,678.57. 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.
  • This internship will be based out of Wellston, Michigan and cover the 250,000 acre Cadillac-Manistee Ranger District of the Manistee National Forest.
  • Interns will earn State of Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification, US Forest Service certification in Boater Safety, First Aid, and CPR. They will receive training in plant identification, plant surveys, wildlife surveys, and herbicide application.
  • Interns will receive training in plant identification, herbicide application, plant survey techniques, etc. There are many recreational opportunities in the area: camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, etc.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Plant Identification
some experience